Apologies to anyone who stocked up on canned-goods and basement-locks after reading yesterday’s article that the H7N9 flu had popped up in Hong Kong; the flu is certainly there, but seems to be isolated to one extremely unfortunate Indonesian maid.
The Hong Kong Center for Health Protection, which has been working overtime to track down any potential infections, contacted more than 200 individuals—17 of whom came in “close contact” with the woman—and declared that the case is isolated. Everyone is still on-edge about a potential pandemic, as China Daily reports:
The close contacts include the domestic helper’s employer, family members, patients in her Tuen Mun Hospital ward, and a friend who traveled with her to Shenzhen last month. […]
Those not showing symptoms will be sent to the Lady MacLehose Holiday Village in Sai Kung for medical surveillance.
Infection control measures are being enhanced at hospitals, live chicken stalls in markets, chicken farms, and boundary checkpoints, he said, adding the government will monitor developments.
Please enjoy a deep sigh of relief before remembering that—along with the smog, the water, the food, the trots, the soil, the traffic, and the government—the flu is just one of the many wonderful things here that can kill you.